ABOUT JAMES MURTAGH
“Some of what we do in medicine does not have a big impact on the quality of life — but sleep medicine treatments totally change people’s lives- giving them energy, improving their decisions, making life better. Also- making life longer, protecting the heart, lungs, preventing diabetes, helping patients to lose weight, keeping them out of car accidents, preventing strokes. You cannot overemphasize how much impact sleep treatments have. And most sleep treatments are incredibly simple.”
These words seem to reverberate around the room when James Murtagh MD responds to the question of ‘why sleep medicine?’ James, who is an accomplished medical professional with years of proven experience as a doctor, researcher, and public health advocate has made a name for himself in sleep, pulmonary, and internal medicine.
But James’ involvement in sleep medicine extends past his professional experience in the practice, as he is an advocate for the realization of the ‘sleep emergency’ currently present in the United States. “Sleep disorders contribute to a number of major diseases.” James continues, “But the sleep epidemic has severe consequences on how people perform at work and engage in their relationships, too.”
James Murtagh, who is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Board of Pulmonary Disease and Sleep Medicine, has worked more than 2,000 hours a year in the ER for almost the past decade. His life, which has seen him build a career void of any malpractice or negative mark of any kind, has most recently seen him serving as a locum tenens physician (traveling doctor). The answer to the why behind his recent life on the road is simple – “It gives me a chance to serve the underserved.” James says when asked about his travels. His work as a locum physician has brought him to places like small town county hospitals to indian reservations. “Meeting people and learning their stories is one of the best things about the travels. It’s really been quite exciting.”
But While James Murtagh has loved his time on the road, he has lately felt called to reenter the world of sleep medicine full-force. “In a way, I think the diversity of my experience is my strength. But I’m also really excited to focus my efforts on sleep medicine even more than I have in the past.”
Believing good medicine to be a bi-partisan issue, James has worked across the aisle to help deliver excellent healthcare to those who need it. He has worked with the ACLU, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, to name a few. He has also served as a Tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and is an alma mater of the University of Michigan Medical School with his MD, having graduated as a Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society (Top 8% of his class)